There are many interesting areas around DC, providing dining, drinking, cultural, and artistic opportunities for visitors and locals. Some general areas to explore are as follows.
Adams MorganAdams Morgan is a diversely populated neighborhood of DC that abounds with restaurants, bars, and clubs. The dining options include a variety of both American and international cuisines. On the weekend evenings Adams Morgan generally draws a younger crowd (20-somethings), though there are interesting things to do and see for visitors of all ages, including:
Capitol HillThe Capitol Hill area, immediately around the US Capitol building (mainly to the east), is alive with the people who work for/with all levels of the US government. It is not uncommon to find senate and representative staffers unwinding in many of the various bars and restaurants here. Some things to do and see include:
ChinatownWashington DC's Chinatown is small, but hosts a number of fantastic Chinese, Mongolian, and Burmese restaurants. It is located along H street in northwest DC, between 6th and 8th street and is easily accessible by public transit.
Crystal City / Pentagon CityCrystal City is an urban village with vibrant street and night life, frequented primarily by professionals in tech industries. Spreading from its heart at 23rd and Crystal Drive, Crystal City offers an streetscape of restaurants and other retail businesses, and a broader mix of corporate tenants in the buildings above street level. Points of interest include:
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Dupont CircleDupont Circle is a popular and quite trendy area of DC that hosts a number of art galleries, upscale shopping, and coffee shops. Restaurants in Dupont range from elegant to casual, and many offer outdoor seating. Things to see and do here include:
Eastern MarketEastern Market is both and area of the city, as well as a 19th century era market place. Of great historical significance to the DC area, Eastern Market is an collage of cultures in the form of shops, restaurants, residents, and visitors. Even more reason to visit it: it is very close to the conference!
National MallThe National Mall is a wonderful green, open area extending from the US Capitol building to the Lincoln memorial, connecting museums, monuments, and gardens. Mere blocks from the conference hotel, it hosts well more attractions than there's time to visit in a week. The WikiPedia entry for the National Mall is very extensive, and we defer to it. The conference hotel is 2 blocks south of the Arts and Industry building, number 13 on the WikiPedia "Landmarks" figure.
Walking directions from conference hotel:
U StreetHistoric and contemporary hotspot for DC jazz, this area around U Street where Duke Ellington grew up now offers an amazing, very urban dining and art scene.